The Orphan's Tales, Volume II: In the Cities of Coin and Spice

The Orphan's Tales, Volume II: In the Cities of Coin and Spice

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The Orphan's Tales, Volume II: In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente, Michael William Kaluta

Catherynne M. Valente enchanted readers with her spellbinding In the Night Garden. Now she continues to weave her storytelling magic in a new book of Orphan’s Tales—an epic of the fantastic and the exotic, the monstrous and mysterious, that will transport you far away from the everyday….

Her name and origins are unknown, but the endless tales inked upon this orphan’s eyelids weave a spell over all who listen to her read her secret history. And who can resist the stories she tells? From the Lake of the Dead and the City of Marrow to the artists who remain behind in a ghost city of spice, here are stories of hedgehog warriors and winged skeletons, loyal leopards and sparrow calligraphers. Nothing is too fantastic, anything can happen, but you’ll never guess what comes next in these intimately linked adventures of firebirds and djinn, singing manticores, mutilated unicorns, and women made entirely of glass and gears. Graced with the magical illustrations of Michael Kaluta, In the Cities of Coins and Spice is a book of dreams and wonders unlike any you’ve ever encountered. Open it anywhere and you will fall under its spell. For here the story never ends and the magic is only beginning….

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ISBN-13: 9780553384048
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Series: Orphan's Tales Series , #2
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 389,686
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Catherynne M. Valente was born in the Pacific Northwest, grew up in California, and now lives in Ohio with her two dogs. This is her fifth novel.

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The Orphan's Tales, Volume II: In the Cities of Coin and Spice 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In THE NIGHT GARDEN of the sultan, the nameless female exile, whose eyelids are tattooed with stories, continues to tell tales to the heir. As the boy sits in rapture listening to the saga of seven, the seventh son of a seventh son, his family prepares the palace for his sister¿s wedding. --- On his seventh birthday, Seven awakens to find himself with other children, many of whom are dead in a city of garbage the other residents are inhuman wraith like creatures, but they are not part of this tale. The foreman directs the children including Seven to an abyss under the ground where they slave at the Mint, a machine that transforms the bones of the dead children into coin. As the years pass, he and his friend Oubliette (a hybrid cow, tree and human) plan to escape their enslaved incarceration by converting the arm of Seven into a dozen coins. They succeed, but over time are separated. With his last coin he buys passage one way for one from a skeletal boatman to take him across a lake where his beloved Oubliette is imprisoned. --- Perhaps the most complex fantasies around, the second of the Orphan's Tales is much more intricately interwoven than that described above as there are so many delightful sidebars going on yet with all that Catherynne M. Valente spins a perfect double helix. Readers who appreciate multifaceted entertaining stories will cherish IN THE CITIES OF COIN AND SPICE as well as its predecessor THE NIGHT GARDEN as these delightful renditions of Scheherazade and the Arabian Nights are incredibly creative and enjoyable. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. The writing is intoxicating and the stories flow emotionally, dreamily together. This is an imaginative journey not to be missed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was utterly enchanted by Valente's first book in this series, but am utterly confused by the 2nd book. I have completed part 1 and did follow the main story about the 7th son of the 7th son (as described in the previous review). I am impressed that Valente is still able to weave this book into her first one with mentions of previous events and reoccurring characters. However, I have been mostly baffled and confused and just continue to trudge along.